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Director(s): Michael J. Bassett
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IMDB Rating: 6.1
A mercenary who owes his soul to the devil redeems himself by fighting evil.
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seb-munk (20 May 2013)
If you have no knowledge of the movie before enjoying this excellentpiece of art, you will probably make some of the same mistakes as Idid. When Solomon Kane is first introduced, you're sudden that he isnot played by Robert Downey Jr., but face-recognition is impossibleuntil he loses the beard. First will you think it sucks, but post theprelude you will fall in love with James Purefoy. The movie provides amain storyline which you will recognize from Star Wars, The Patriot,Lord Of The Rings, but it does also provides unique touch of SolomonKane. Imagine The Patriot following the story of Gabriel (HeathLedger), but with a way cooler main character: Lord Aragorn from LOTR.This movie remains you of why trilogies are made, and you wish SolomonKane was in 3,4,5 or 1000 parts. It fulfills every expectation youcould ever have to an Action-Adventure movie, and if you do not likethe genre, then watch it just for the beauty of it.I have never felt the need of writing a review on IMDb, though I use itdayli, but I felt i owed it to all of you. WATCH IT!
(19 May 2013)
As origin stories go, this one is fairly unique in that Howard didn't actually write one. It speaks well for the creators of this film that they had the gumption to build from the author's work rather than regurgitate the source material with boatloads of cgi and insipid starlets cluttering the scenery. Highly recommended.
(19 May 2013)
I've been waiting and waiting for it to actually be available to buy. Just another reason that region codes are counterproductive.
kosmasp (19 May 2013)
Or bad, depending on the point of view of course. And thankfully themain actor was not the guy I confused him with. I won't say the name,but the other guy has facial expressions that wouldn't be possible ifyou put them under a microscope. But back to this movie and the actorwho portrays the main character.The movie stands and falls with him and he does a pretty good job, withthe slim premise and story he gets to play with. He almost elevates itinto another level. You could say, that this is the new "Highlander"(if that character was party bad that is). But the feeling is there andif you loved those movies, you will cherish what you get from SolomonKane.
Petek335 (12 May 2013)
If you like the medieval fantasy action genre, you'll like this movie!It's dark and violent as you'd expect from this type of movie. Thestory line is solid and better than most and had me intrigued andinterested through the entire movie. The story of Soloman's path toredemption from his former evil ways, overplayed with the story of hisfamily, is deeper than many movies of this genre. The cinematographyand acting were of high quality adding to an overall great experience.James Purefoy was superb as Soloman Kane, and good fit for the role.The movie had a satisfying ending to wrap it all up. I very muchenjoyed this movie and recommend it.
(12 May 2013)
This review is from: SOLOMON KANE [2009, UK] (DVD) I just happen to find previews of Solomon Kane on YouTube. It immediately captured my interest. It took some time to find it but when I did it was amazing. It was compared to VanHelsing but I totally disagree. This movie has a darker tone to it and it continued throughout the whole movie. I have always loved the lead actor in this movie and he did not fail to produce. This movie is worth seeing.
(12 May 2013)
All I want to know is why some of these movies are not purchase material in the US????????? I have been trying to buy this one for years along with The Air Up There..Also would love to get Come Blow Your Horn on DVD! What is the problem?? They make everything else? Also The James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies cannot be purchased in Blu Ray although it was once not long ago. Can I receive some kind of feedback on these puleeze!!!!!!!!!!!????????
DICK STEEL (11 May 2013)
Created by Robert E. Howard (best known for his Conan the Barbarian),Solomon Kane has origins in pulp fiction before the leap onto the bigscreen now, starring James Purefoy as the titular British adventurerwho wanders the world in search of evil to vanquish. Serving as anorigin story to introduce the character to new audiences, it's quitethe standard swords and sorcery film with a tinge of theologicalelements, with little surprise being offered as it focuses on the man'sredemption.Damned by the devil's reaper and escaping from the clutches of havinghis soul claimed in North Africa, Solomon Kane finds peaceful refuge inan English church, spending a period of overturning his violent past,before being expelled to seek his own destiny. He hooks up with theCrowthorn family (the head of the household played by the late PetePostlethwaite) who are en route to a new life in America, beforediscovering that most of England is now under the clutches of themythic sorcerer Malachi (Jason Flemyng), and it is up to our hero totry and kill a lot of birds with a single stone, with the liberation ofthe land, the rescue of damsel in distress Meredith Crowthorn (RachelHurd-Wood), and hopefully, redeeming his soul as part of the process.The storyline hinges on Solomon's downward path from ruthless warriorto a peace loving man who renounced violence, before he's being draggedback to the killing game again, with swords and that occasional (notsure why though) use of the pistols. The first half dwells on thisdalliance in not wanting to break his vow of non-violence, until evilcomes knocking on his doorstep, and throwing his vow out of the windowin order to rid scores of faceless goons dispatched through swordparries and thrusts, coupled with plenty of CG blood and decapitations.To expand the mythos Solomon's backstory gets brought up through aseries of flashbacks, which will suggest to you its significance earlyin the film on how the finale will come together. Writer-directorMichael J. Bassett's story and direction follows a very formulaic paththat shortcuts at every opportunity, such that the final assault andbattle in a castle has loopholes of The Rock proportions. The storyplods between the action sequences, and just about throws plenty ofstuff from a zombie sequence to a crucifixion scene even, just becauseit can. Purefoy perpetually scowls throughout the film, though looksconvincing enough to be the skilled warrior who relies on a rapier anda cutlass on each hand.This is one of those films that isn't great, but isn't all that badeither provided you haven't been jaded by countless of other similarlooking films, and with the lack of a main villain to complement andmake the hero look good, choosing to hastily introduce him only at theend. For an action adventure it doesn't have any surprise elements,with a series of action and CG that seemed to have that ring offamiliarity to it.
davidgduncan (08 May 2013)
I liked it. A film very much in the vein of The Mummy series, but witha more adult and dark side. I found the film full of atmosphere and itdrew me in despite the shallow story line, which is to be expectedgiven that it's a hero driven action flick. I thought that the effects,make-up, music, acting, directing, really the whole thing was verysolid and it's not just another low budget flick as other reviewershave stated. I would welcome a sequel to this movie, although thatmight be stretching the storyline a tad too much. Sure, not themasterpiece of the Lord of the Rings but certainly a good hack n slashmedieval romp that'll keep you entertained for the duration.
(08 May 2013)
This review is from: SOLOMON KANE [2009, UK] (DVD) Solomon kane is an amazing movie and james purefoy is incredible. This movie should have been released in the united states.
collipal-1 (04 May 2013)
I originally met the character Solomon Kane in the comics published byMarvel (and then Dark Horse); until after, I found out that it was infact a literary creation from the legendary Robert E. Howard(1906-1936), who was also the creator of Conan the Barbarian and thefather of modern heroic fantasy.But even with that illustrious origin,I never found the character to be particularly attractive.So, I went tosee the film Solomon Kane with a bit of distrust, exacerbated by thebad omen that the movie was kept "in the shelves" for a few yearsbefore receiving a poor distribution around the world.To my surprise,Solomon Kane ended up being a very entertaining film with very goodaction scenes and a well written screenplay which constructed the maincharacter on a quite interesting way.Director Michael J. Bassett has only two other movies in hisfilmography (the modest but excellent war horror film Deathwatch; andWilderness, which I have not seen), and the idea of putting him infront of an ambitious multi-national co-production may sounded risky,but the truth is that he made a very solid work in Solomon Kane,because he could create good action scenes and an excellentatmosphere.As for the screenplay (which was written by Bassett), Iappreciated the fact that it did not try to "modernize" the story; itwould have been easier (and more economic) to move the story to moderntimes, but if the film had done that, it would have lost the heroic"taste" from the main character, as well as the historical content fromHoward's tales, and his almost academic examination of the socialcontrasts during the puritan period in England.However, I cannot denythat the classic conflict between God and Satan, along with the manyChristian references, could be interpreted as simple religiouspropaganda nowadays.It may have been an applauded style in Howard'stime, but nowadays, it takes the risk of feeling outdated.Even though I enjoyed Solomon Kane pretty much, I found an importantproblem in it: its main actor.James Purefoy lacks of that magneticpresence which distinguishes the most memorable heroes from the bigscreen, at the same time his performance feels a bit bland the wholetime.Besides, his physical characterization reminded me of ViggoMortensen's Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a situationwhich is a bit unfortunate for inviting comparisons to a highlysuperior actor who brought a brilliant performance in a similar role.Asfor the supporting cast from Solomon Kane, we have solid performancesfrom the excellent actors Pete Postlethwaite, Jason Flemyng and Max vonSydow.Despite my objections about Purefoy's performance in the leading role,I found Solomon Kane to be a very competent adventure film, which isvisually attractive at the same time it tells an interesting story.Itook a nice surprise with this film.
Johnsonoffamebright (03 May 2013)
Fun movie ... a kind of Solomon Kane origin story. (ive read quite afew of the short stories and comics and i never read anything about howSolomon was originally motivated.. so this was all new to me)..Andwhile i was almost turned off by James purefoy's horrible movie IronClad...This is 10 times better than that... and most importantly thefilm has all of the following. Good cinematography (cool scenery andinteresting camera angles). Good fight choreography (the fighting seemsplausible and unforced). Good acting (from one of the HBO series Rome'stop leads and from a strong supporting cast)... good background music(the music fits the scenes and doesn't seem overly dramatic or cheesy).This movie should have been wide released in the USA. (Mine was anItalian version.. it didn't work on my PS3 but it worked on mycomputer. It makes the recently released Conan movie look completelyridiculous.
wuhugm (03 May 2013)
At first it's like a slow paced adventure, a traveler join up withothers traveling a beautiful world Then enemies start appearing alsothen people start going out of character. They said and act things thatis not of their character and all of them overestimate Solomon'sability I had thought that Solomon Kane is some sorcerer or somethingbecause he kept saying "my powers" and everyone seem to think he canmassacre the entire mob while those mob had them hostage.The family kept telling Solomon to kill them all, all while still hadswords touching their neck. So unreal and what was that final battle,so ridiculous
simon-prometheus (03 May 2013)
After being kept from North American theater screens for years now (forreasons unbeknownst even to director Michael J. Bassett) Solomon Kane,the adaptation of Robert E. Howard's pulp-Puritan magazine stories fromthe early 1900's has finally been awarded a release. For the most part,this grungy period epic both subverts and embraces its roots admirably,failing mainly when it begins to ponder and attempt the philosophical.Starring James Purefoy who is best known for his stellar work as MarkAnthony on HBO's Rome, Solomon Kane takes us on a bittersweet journeyof redemption across mid-level Britain as a dark force led by thesorcerer Malachi is recruiting the strong, enslaving the weak andslaughtering anyone in between.As is the case in both the source material and this adaptation, Howardtells a tale of Earth in the 1600's where black magic is very real andeven more so is the existence of god and the devil, the latter of whichquite literally appeared to collect the soul of Captain Kane. His lifeof senseless murder, plundering, cruelty and greed had left his soulmarked for hell and after a narrow escape he instead pledges his lifeto god, swearing off violence for the hope he can remain a free man aslong as possible.Those hoping for something more akin to Van Helsing (I don't know whyyou would be, but let's play the devil's advocate) may leavedisappointed due to the more ponderous and cerebral approach SolomonKane employs (a quality that I must admit at a number of turns sinksthe fascinating bleakness that makes this film of note). Bassett'svision could easily be held as a companion piece to 2010's absorbingBlack Death with Sean Bean, a similarly set, godly-themed movie thatasks infinitely more intriguing questions (and without the clutterevident in Solomon Kane).Though the sides of good and evil play a pivotal role in the redemptionand motivation of Kane, the mythological elements actually take a backseat to a more straightforward tale of the crusades and the brutalhardships of the era. The bursts of the overtly fantastical canactually come across as jarring after being grounded inpseudo-authenticity for such extended sequences. It would have beensupremely interesting if Bassett had chosen to plant his Solomon Kaneeven more firmly in reality, making god, the devil and their respectiveminions the beliefs of deluded individuals who blindly believed in whothey were serving and not to visualize their forms so concretely. But Idigress.On an aesthetic and technical level, Solomon Kane is universallystunning. Bassett and his cinematographer Dan Laustsen bring this worldto vivid life through on-location shooting and confident camera workwhile also employing special effects impressive for the modest budget.Similarly, the score by Klaus Badelt is boisterous and rhythmic verymuch calling to mind Hans Zimmer's score from The Dark Knight Trilogy.Finally, the costume and set design is equally gorgeous matching thequality of any annual Oscar nominee. In spite of its shortcomings,Solomon Kane never looks cheap.The film's biggest failing, even above its tonal and self-reflectivefaults, comes with the limp finale that is frankly insulting. After anumber of impressive skirmishes in which Kane dispatches hoards ofenemies with ruthless and grisly precision, we get a tame spat betweenMalachi and his second-in-command (which also involves a CGI demon a lathe Balrog variety). This duel is not only stunted but poorlychoreographed and pits Solomon against villains (Malachi in particular)we have barely seen in person up to that point. The fight between Kaneand some thugs who assault him earlier in the film is far morecompelling.As for Solomon Kane himself, Purefoy brings him to life admirably,neither chomping at the bit nor playing him as some sort ofsoft-spoken, growling killing machine. There is visible passion behindhis eyes and despite the frequent silliness, Purefoy never blinks. MaxVon Sydow and the late Pete Postlewaite also provide strong work insupporting roles but this movie is laid upon the shoulders of Purefoyand he holds it up in commendable fashion.Certainly worthy of a big screen release especially on a visual level,Solomon Kane is solid entertainment of the B-movie variety. Uneven butonly sporadically dull, this is a confident adaptation that shouldundoubtedly please fans of the source material.For the uninitiated like myself, Solomon Kane is strong enough toconvince me there are more compelling stories that could be toldthrough this character. Though that will likely not be the case, whatwe still have is a dark, moody and bleakly stunning parable that shouldgratify, if not provoke weighty questions about the nature of faith.
dizillusion (30 April 2013)
First of all, I decided to watch Solomon Kane because I wanted a goodold fashioned "dark hero" fantasy film and, to that extent, I was notdisappointed. Of course, it does have plot-holes and some details areunrealistic but if you can get past them you will find this to be athoroughly enjoyable film.The visuals are good: dark, cold places. In the first part of themovie, I felt like I was watching Sleepy Hollow. The falling snow andwandering through the cold woods was quite atmospheric, although Icouldn't help but wonder why doesn't the damn snow settle on the groundafter days of continuously falling. The pilgrim family is austere andbelievable, with good costumes and expected lines coming from simple,religious people.With the first major happening in the plot (the bad guys attack) thequiet snow turns into pouring rain. Actually, the only moment when wedo get to see the sun is when it's prettily setting behind a church (afalse sense of hope, if I may afford a spoiler hint).The villages/settlements were also pretty realistic, with just theright amount of mud and even a black death cameo.Now, regarding character: the film catches Kane's inner struggle quitewell, with both his recurring nightmares and the discovery of hispurpose (see movie tag). We don't really see him become a better manbecause he's not; he is left to be seen as a sort of hero ofcircumstance, forced to keep fighting to make up for his past sins.And the fighting was, indeed, satisfactory. I was expecting a killingmachine and that is what I got: bad-ass hero (with the obligatory blackcape), dual-wielding swords and pistols and killing pretty much anyonewho gets in the way. Combat was satisfactory and maybe a bit on thegory side, considering we get to actually see him drive his swordthrough and across many an enemy's chest/body. Also, heads rolling.Action packed, fun to watch. Not any ridiculous special effects (VanHelsing style): most of the "bad guys" were made with make-up, and CGIwas kept to the minimum necessary.Story-wise, the film keeps it simple. At the ending you realize thestory-line is actually a circle that has finally been closed. Also, Iam happy the film-makers didn't adapt this to a love-story, keeping tothe true point of this tale. All in all, the film is worth watching, I recommend it to any fan ofthe fantasy/sword-fighting/Gothic genre. A pity that it's fairlyunknown, with other, poorer-quality films being much more popular.
revelinchaos (30 April 2013)
That's the closest comparison I could come up with after watchingSolomon Kane, basically for two reasons: 1) they both are, basically,no brainer action movies 2) the main character here immediatelyreminded me of Jackman in Van Helsing (guess they couldn't afford tohire Jackman...).Aside for that, I actually believe SK is better than VH. I particularlyenjoyed the camera work (maybe a tad too much floating 'snow' in toomany outdoor scenes...): atmospheric bleak and dark colors, beautifulscenery and settings.James Purefoy does a good job in the portrayal of Kane, especiallyconsidering this is 'just' an action movie, after all. Feels like he'owns' the role, which is very important in creating a sense of'credibility' to the whole movie.Yes, the story itself is nothing special and quite stereotyped as well:bad guy redeems himself becoming the good guy; good guy must defeatsupreme evil and save the 'damsel in distress'; good guy vs. (tons of)bad guy(s); good guy kicks ass against all odds; good guy saves theday; bad guys' mastermind bites the dust. Nothing new there.Nonetheless, again, you know you're going to watch an action movie, andthat's how action flicks are. In this perspective I enjoyed watchingit. Of course, it's NOT a masterpiece, but nonetheless a nice additionto its genre, and I hope it sells well enough to convince the producersto complete the trilogy.7/10
sheenafilm (28 April 2013)
In the world where this story takes place, there are no sweet greenhills or similar picturesque New Zealand landscapes. This is all aboutdarkness, doom, destruction - probably one of the most sinister fantasyfilms ever made. It's not surprising that the violence looks brutal andreal, if you've seen "Wilderness" from the same director. A bit toomuch hacking and slashing for my taste, yet Solomon, a damned man, isrelentlessly pushing forward, his mind set on a straight rescue missionwhich might save his soul, and the main villain is hardly 5 minutes inthe picture which leaves many things unexplained. The opening is simplybreathtaking: the maniac in black who shoots a companion in the backand issues the commands to leave nobody alive is the - hero? Theaudacity of this scene is remarkable. This surely wasn't safe film-making, as the bleak atmosphere is not foreveryone's taste (reminds me rather of "Witchfinder General" thananything by Hollywood), but I was impressed! The actors must have beenwondering at the end of another rainy day of shooting, covered in mud:was it all worth it? Yes, it was!
fung0 (27 April 2013)
The criticisms of this film are inevitable, and not entirely incorrect.But for me, Solomon Kane rises above the usual formula in numerousways.First, the character: much darker and more conflicted than your averageaction hero. Second, a story that gives that character time to breatheand grow, instead of becoming lost in a morass of action sequences andCG effects. Third, a gritty, uncluttered, near-monochromatic lookthat's perfectly suited to the character and story, and frequently asheer wonder to behold. The visuals are evocative of great fantasyartists like Frank Frazetta and Jeff Jones; there are numerous shots inthis film I'd happily hang on my wall.Of course, Kane himself is the film's dominant image - and it is amemorable one. But Kane not only looks striking in the flat hat anddark cloak, he has the dour personality to match. And a fighting stylethat for once fits the mood, and suggests a human adventurer withlimited abilities, as opposed to the usual samurai-ninja superhero.IS this truly "Robert E. Howard's" Solomon Kane? Y'know what - I don'tcare. Howard didn't write a lot of Kane stories, and although I didread them years ago, they left very little impression on my memory.What's more, I have nothing against films that are happy to be'inspired by' literary works, without slavishly transferring every wordto the screen. What Solomon Kane, the movie, DOES get right is theSPIRIT of Robert E. Howard's work - the dark vision, the creepysituations, the sense of a man struggling against forces only dimlyunderstood and much larger than himself.The slow pacing? This is the film's BEST point. Early on, the filmfocuses on Kane's personality, and his relationships with others. Itsets a mood. Too many action films are in too much of a hurry to get tothe action. Solomon Kane doesn't cater to the ADD-addled audience, andif that's a mistake it falls in the area of marketing, not creativity.I particularly liked the ending... instead of lingering endlessly overthe climactic fight, the film just gets on with the story.Solomon Kane isn't exactly a classic, but it has an appealingsimplicity and an inner strength that bigger-budget spectaculars couldlearn from. I guess a sequel is too much to hope for at this point, butI'll definitely be looking forward to Michael J. Bassett's nextcreation, whatever it may be.
(27 April 2013)
`Soloman Kane' is an atmospheric tale set in 16th century England, where a mysterious caped traveller befriends a fellow travelling family and then sets out to rescue their daughter (Meredith) after she is captured by marauding raiders.After renouncing a life of violence Solomon initially finds it difficult to defend himself and protect those around him, but he soon gets into the swing of things and his old fighting skills (from a life on the high seas and conquering other countries) soon come back to him.This has plenty of creepy characters (the possessed raiders, witches and ghouls) and black magic, which lend this film a certain fantasy edge to its historical feel. Everyone acts very well, there are some decent fight scenes and the story plods along at a fair pace.This film falls down by not giving us enough coherent back story to Solomons life. There is a brief section at the start and a few flashbacks which clarify things more, but overall you don't really connect with the character and whilst you enjoy his fights and quest to save Meredith, you never fully care what happens to him one way or the other.This is a perfectly decent action film, with a dark atmospheric element to it and whilst I didn't love it, I found it a good enough way to spend an evening.Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
siderite (27 April 2013)
The film is one of those things that you immediately "feel" it iswrong. No known actors except old guys like Max von Sydow, who get asmall role anyway, an almost unknown lead character and a lot ofattitude, like the movie is taking itself really seriously. Most ofthis kind of movies end up as pretentious flops.Solomon Kane, however, did not. It was a reasonable movie, given thelow production values and the video game like story. The thing is, thepeople working on it obviously made an effort. Strangely enough, itseems this sort of effort is what lacks in many films these days, evenhigh budget ones, so this lifts Solomon Kane quite a lot.Unfortunately, the film was not great. It was, I feel, the best theycould do under the circumstances, and I applaud that, though. Betterthan The Book of Eli, but still the same superheroy feeling.
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